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Welcome to Research Councils UK


Welcome to the website for Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils.

Each year the Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.

We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, business, government, and charitable organisations.

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  • Nomination of referees for research proposals in forensic science
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) through the Global Uncertainties programme has invited the Forensic Science Society to manage a process in which active researchers in forensic science nominate their peers to evaluate research proposals in forensic science.
    9 Mar 2012

  • RCUK welcomes changes to immigration rules
    Research Councils UK (UK) welcomes the announcement of changes, made today (29th February) by the Home Office, to the immigration rules, which will benefit UK research and their contribution to the economy.
    29 Feb 2012

  • RCUK Welcomes the Wilson Review
    Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes today, 28th February, the Review of Business University Collaboration conducted by Professor Sir Tim Wilson. RCUK believes that the world leading quality of UK research attracts business and industry from around the world to work with our Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
    28 Feb 2012